Tim Tucker

Tim Tucker covers stories at the intersection of sports and business as well as assisting in coverage of University of Georgia and SEC sports and major Atlanta sporting events. He has been on the AJC staff for more than three decades and has covered a wide range of sports beats, including the Braves and UGA.

Latest from Tim Tucker

‘Huge series’ arrives at SunTrust Park for Braves, Phillies
 For many weeks, this series has been circled on the Braves’ schedule.  It arrived Thursday and continues through the weekend: the Braves vs. the Philadelphia Phillies at SunTrust Park in a late-season collision of the top two teams in the National League East.  “We understand and are fully aware of the implications this...

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For many weeks, this series has been circled on the Braves’ schedule.  It arrived Thursday and continues through the weekend: the Braves vs. the Philadelphia Phillies at SunTrust Park in a late-season collision of the top two teams in the National League East.  “We understand and are fully aware of the implications this...
Elijah Holyfield’s role in UGA offense was worth the wait
 Elijah Holyfield knew what he was getting into. He knew when he signed with Georgia as a highly recruited prospect in 2016 that the Bulldogs’ incumbent tailbacks might keep him on the sideline for a while.  “Coming in, everybody says, ‘Yeah, I want to come in and start,’” Holyfield said this week. &ldquo...

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Elijah Holyfield knew what he was getting into. He knew when he signed with Georgia as a highly recruited prospect in 2016 that the Bulldogs’ incumbent tailbacks might keep him on the sideline for a while.  “Coming in, everybody says, ‘Yeah, I want to come in and start,’” Holyfield said this week. &ldquo...
Georgia routs Middle Tennessee for its third win of season 
 Georgia continued its early-season dominance Saturday afternoon at Sanford Stadium, adding an annihilation of Middle Tennessee to its list of one-sided victories.  The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs built a 42-7 lead by halftime and went on to a 49-7 win over the Blue Raiders, an overmatched Conference USA team that will be paid $1...

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Georgia continued its early-season dominance Saturday afternoon at Sanford Stadium, adding an annihilation of Middle Tennessee to its list of one-sided victories.  The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs built a 42-7 lead by halftime and went on to a 49-7 win over the Blue Raiders, an overmatched Conference USA team that will be paid $1...
What’s new at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for Falcons season?
 When the Falcons last played a regular-season home game, there was a massive pile of debris next to Mercedes-Benz Stadium – the remains of the imploded Georgia Dome.  That site will look quite different when fans arrive for the Falcons’ 2018 home opener Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.  Most of the former Dome site...

Posted: 7 days ago

When the Falcons last played a regular-season home game, there was a massive pile of debris next to Mercedes-Benz Stadium – the remains of the imploded Georgia Dome.  That site will look quite different when fans arrive for the Falcons’ 2018 home opener Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.  Most of the former Dome site...
SunTrust Park’s second season has one homestand (and probably more) left
 The Braves’ last homestand of the regular season begins Friday night, but it doesn’t look as if these will be the team’s final games of the year at SunTrust Park.  Leading the National League East by a season-high 7-1/2 games, the Braves enter the 10-game homestand closing in on their first division championship &ndash...

Posted: 7 days ago

The Braves’ last homestand of the regular season begins Friday night, but it doesn’t look as if these will be the team’s final games of the year at SunTrust Park.  Leading the National League East by a season-high 7-1/2 games, the Braves enter the 10-game homestand closing in on their first division championship &ndash...
Georgia will pay big for Saturday’s game
 The Georgia Bulldogs’ opponent in Sanford Stadium on Saturday  won’t come cheaply.  Reflecting the fast-escalating price Georgia and other major-college football programs must pay to secure opponents for one-time non-conference home games, the UGA Athletic Association will pay  Middle Tennessee $1.7 million to make the trip...

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The Georgia Bulldogs’ opponent in Sanford Stadium on Saturday won’t come cheaply.  Reflecting the fast-escalating price Georgia and other major-college football programs must pay to secure opponents for one-time non-conference home games, the UGA Athletic Association will pay Middle Tennessee $1.7 million to make the trip...
‘Home Depot Backyard’ opens on Georgia Dome site
 On the site where the Georgia Dome stood just 10 months ago, immediately north of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a new 11-acre multi-purpose greenspace officially opened Tuesday. The Home Depot Backyard will be used as a tailgating area for stadium events, starting with the Falcons’ 2018 home opener Sunday, and as a park on other days. It was...

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On the site where the Georgia Dome stood just 10 months ago, immediately north of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a new 11-acre multi-purpose greenspace officially opened Tuesday. The Home Depot Backyard will be used as a tailgating area for stadium events, starting with the Falcons’ 2018 home opener Sunday, and as a park on other days. It was...
Philly, New Orleans top Atlanta in TV ratings for Falcons-Eagles
 New Orleans Saints fans apparently were eager to get a first look at their NFC South rival.  The Falcons’ season-opening loss at Philadelphia, televised nationally Thursday night on NBC, drew a higher TV rating in New Orleans than in Atlanta.  According to Nielsen figures provided by NBC Sports, the markets with the three...

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New Orleans Saints fans apparently were eager to get a first look at their NFC South rival.  The Falcons’ season-opening loss at Philadelphia, televised nationally Thursday night on NBC, drew a higher TV rating in New Orleans than in Atlanta.  According to Nielsen figures provided by NBC Sports, the markets with the three...
Finished roof opens a new option for Falcons home games
 A new variable in the fan experience at Falcons home games will play out on a week-to-week basis this season: Will the stadium’s roof be open or closed? From 1966 through 1991, all Falcons home games were played outdoors at roof-less Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. From 1992 through 2016, all of the team’s home games were played...

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A new variable in the fan experience at Falcons home games will play out on a week-to-week basis this season: Will the stadium’s roof be open or closed? From 1966 through 1991, all Falcons home games were played outdoors at roof-less Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. From 1992 through 2016, all of the team’s home games were played...
Bullpen meltdown costs Braves ‘toughest loss of the year’
 Braves manager Brian Snitker called it “definitely the toughest loss of the year,” and there was really no arguing that point. A colossal late-inning meltdown by the Braves’ bullpen cost the team a game it needed to win -- and should have won -- Wednesday afternoon at SunTrust Park. The Braves relinquished a seemingly commanding...

Posted: 15 days ago

Braves manager Brian Snitker called it “definitely the toughest loss of the year,” and there was really no arguing that point. A colossal late-inning meltdown by the Braves’ bullpen cost the team a game it needed to win -- and should have won -- Wednesday afternoon at SunTrust Park. The Braves relinquished a seemingly commanding...
Will game at South Carolina start or stall UGA on road to Atlanta?
 Ninety-five percent of voters in a preseason media poll picked Georgia to win the SEC East, perhaps remembering that the Bulldogs won each of their games against division opponents by two touchdowns or more last year.  Such high expectations will get their first test Saturday at South Carolina, where the Bulldogs begin their quest for...

Posted: 15 days ago

Ninety-five percent of voters in a preseason media poll picked Georgia to win the SEC East, perhaps remembering that the Bulldogs won each of their games against division opponents by two touchdowns or more last year.  Such high expectations will get their first test Saturday at South Carolina, where the Bulldogs begin their quest for...